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August 30, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Shadow Pines Land Use Update

At its August 28 work session, the Town Board authorized moving forward to prepare a conceptual master plan for the Shadow Pines property. The conceptual master plan will include insights and recommendations from the Golf Course Moratorium and Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory committees. I will share more details as they unfold in the coming weeks. 


August 26, 2019
Penfield Library 43rd annual Used Book Sale

The “Friends of the Penfield Public Library” (FPPL) will host the group’s 43rd Annual Used Book Sale September 10-14 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Proceeds benefit the Penfield Public Library. All are welcome. 

The sale features more than 85,000 items sorted into 50 categories in four themed rooms. Categories include books, audio books, videos, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, puzzles, and software. Hardcover and paperback books are $1.00, mass market paperbacks and smaller are 50 cents. Many specials are individually priced. Shoppers may pay with cash, checks, or credit.

“The Friends’ Book Sale is a great example of community support for the library,” said Bernadette Brinkman, Penfield Library Director. “Residents donate materials to be resold to their neighbors, the library donates materials discarded to make room for new acquisitions, and attendees purchase those materials for their home libraries yielding revenue we can use to enhance library services for everyone. In addition to supporting ongoing services, such as museum passes, the Children’s Room fish tank, and the popular BookPage book review publication, this year the Friends funded an upgrade to the projection system in our Braman Meeting Room, combining the ease of digital operation with high resolution visuals to enhance presentation quality.”

Book sale hours and daily specials are as follows:

MEMBERS ONLY PRE-SALE

(Join in advance or at the door: $5 individual, $10 family, $5 senior couple)

Tuesday, 9/10   2:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

GENERAL PUBLIC:

Wednesday, 9/11 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Thursday, 9/12 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday, 9/13 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, half-price day

Saturday, 9/14   9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, $3 bag, specials remain half-price

Shoppers should bring their own bags. (Wegmans/Tops reusable bags are appropriate.)

Food and drink are not allowed. Aisles are narrow, please do not bring baby strollers or shopping carts.


August 26, 2019
Supervisor’s column August 26, 2019

Tomorrow, August 27, is the final Tuesday night concert of the season. Bring the whole family to enjoy an evening with Mike Kornrich. The program begins at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the Town Hall. Food will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

Another FREE electronics recycling event has just been announced! Senator Pam Helming, Assemblyman Mark Johns, and Assemblyman Brian Manktelow are holding an electronics recycling event on Saturday, September 14, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM at Xerox, Webster. Take Phillips Road to Caracus Drive and look for the signs. Please note that each vehicle is limited to 2 CRTs/TVs with no exceptions. Visit www.sunking.com/business/acceptable-materials for more information.

On behalf of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS), I would like encourage families, businesses, neighborhoods, and teams in our community to adopt-a-shelf this fall. Help keep their pantry stocked with wholesome foods. Your group can make a difference in Penfield. For more information on what is currently needed at PEFS, go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org or contact volunteers at penfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com or 234-0799.

WANTED…chefs, culinarians, hash slingers, or chief cooks and bottle washers to participate in the annual chili cook-off at Tastin’ the Blues on Saturday, September 14, starting at 12:00 PM. Come show off your culinary skills with your favorite chili recipe. There are prizes for first, second, and third place in both the “people’s choice” and the “judged” categories. The entry fee is $30.00 and each entry will receive a $20.00 Wegmans gift card. All entries are due to the Penfield Recreation Department by September 9.

Stay informed with Penfield Recreation E-News! Once a week you can receive the latest news and updates from Penfield Recreation. Learn about new programs and upcoming events—be the first to know what’s new! Sign up for this newsletter at www.penfieldrec.org

Residents of Penfield with disabilities may be interested in SportsNet, a program that provides recreation, fitness, and sports opportunities for people with physical disabilities. For more information please call the SportsNet office at 334-6000, ext. 1120. 

I am reminded by our Penfield Recreation team that our facilities, programs, and services continually strive to meet ADA guidelines. If you have any special needs, please let them know by calling the office at 340-8655.

The Sea Dragons are welcoming new swimmers to experience the world of competitive swimming for two weeks at no cost! Come practice with the team and develop as a swimmer for two FREE weeks of swim training from September 8 to 22 at the Penfield High School and East Rochester Central School pools. This program is for ages 6 to 19. If your child loves swimming come try it out. Learn more details at www.seadragons.org. 

Nels Carman Big Band Nights with the Penfield Rotary Band are held the first Tuesday of each month at the Penfield Community Center Gym. The band performs favorite big band sounds for your dancing and listening pleasure from 7:30 to 9:30 PM each night. Mark your calendars for September 3, October 1, November 5, and December 3, and bring your dancing shoes! The event costs just $2.00 at the door.

This coming weekend is the Labor Day holiday. Many individuals and families are planning a long weekend of activities and cook-outs as this holiday is seen as the last week of summer—vacations are ending and school is about to begin. It is important that we not forget what the day stands for; the original holiday was meant to handle a problem of long working hours and no time off. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.

If you seem to be working all the time and never really take a vacation, start a new ritual that honors the original spirit of Labor Day. Give yourself the day off, don’t go in to work, shut off your phone, computer, and other electronic devices connecting you to your daily grind. Then go to a barbecue like the original participants did over a century ago and celebrate having at least one day off from work during the year!

Until next week…this is week three of our town employees’ five-week hydration challenge that runs to September 15. Hopefully you are joining in as well! This activity is designed to encourage you to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Despite knowing that water is necessary for health and well-being, 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


August 23, 2019
Mike Kornrich Wraps Up 2019 Concert Series Aug 27

Penfield will welcome Mike Kornrich to Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Tuesday, August 27 for the final concert of the 2019 concert series. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM and is geared toward children and families.

Mike plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, and sings songs like “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” “When You’re Smiling,” and “Rock Around the Clock.” There are always silly antics between songs, and most songs have child interaction.

Penfield Amphitheater is located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music in this beautiful setting. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.


August 23, 2019
Tastin' the Blues and Dog's Day Out Sept 14

Penfield’s annual Tastin’ the Blues will be held on Saturday, September 14 at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage, from 12:00—4:00 PM. This free event will include chili judging, beer sampling, and blues music.

“As the weather begins to cool down each year, I look forward to the hot chili and cool blues music at this great fall event,” says Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “I encourage everyone to come show off their award-winning chili recipes!”

Anyone who has a favorite chili recipe is invited to enter the chili contest. Chili entries will be judged by a panel. Prize packages will be awarded to the top three winners, and the first place package will include a $100 cash prize. Registration forms and rules for the chili contest can be found at the Penfield Recreation office, 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield, or on our website at www.penfieldrec.org.

We are pleased to welcome back Genesee Brew House this year, who will provide samples of their top micro brews for those who are over 21, and Steve Grills and the Roadmasters, with special guest Joe Beard, will bring their hard-driving, Chicago-style blues music to the stage.

The second annual Dog’s Day Out will be held in conjunction with Tastin’ the Blues to entertain Penfield’s furry residents. Bring your dog and let him try out an agility course, as well as other games and activities for dogs and their humans. All dogs must be leashed and friendly.   

Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue. These events are free and open to the public. 

For more information, please visit our website at www.penfieldrec.org, or call 340-8655.  


August 19, 2019
Supervisor’s column August 19, 2019

Entertainment reminder…Mr. Mustard, known for performing music of the Beatles, will be on stage tomorrow (Tuesday, August 20) for the final Tuesday night concert of the 2019 season. The program begins at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall. Food will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

ATTENTION: I was just made aware that Senators Rich Funke and Joe Robach are holding an electronics recycling event this coming Saturday, August 24, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at 208 Eastman Ave. Rochester NY 14652, Kodak Park lot 42. Please note that each vehicle is limited to two CRTs/TVs with no exceptions. Visit www.sunnking.com/business/acceptable-materials for more information.

Do not miss this popular event! The annual used book sale, sponsored by the Friends of Penfield Public Library to benefit the Penfield Public Library, will begin on Wednesday, September 11 and run through Saturday, September 14. All are welcome! Hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (half-price day); and Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ($3/bag, bring your own Tops/Wegmans reusable bag). Please note: Pre-sale for Friends of Penfield Public Library is Tuesday, September 10 from 2:00 to 9:00 PM. Friends membership is $10/family, $5/individual, and $5/senior couple. Renew early or join at the door!

The next FREE scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee is Saturday, September 14, 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Philbrick Park. Hike through this park on Irondequoit Creek and learn some history of the pioneer magnate of Penfield. Meet at the pavilion and look for the hike signs. All events are held rain or shine. For more information and to pre-register, contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655, option 0.

The Penfield community annual bike drop will be held on Saturday, October 5, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the community center, 1985 Baird Road. Penfield Rotary will collect used bicycles and donated them to R Community Bikes, Inc., a Rochester-based organization that repairs and distributes bicycles free of charge to Rochester’s needy children and adults. Its mission is to meet the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes to get to work and training sessions, and recreation. For more information about R Community Bikes Inc. please go to www.rcommunitybikes.net. Receipts documenting all donations will be provided. The Penfield Community Bike Drop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation.

Mark your calendars for the third annual Penfield Education Foundation (PEF) 5K on Sunday, October 13 at the Penfield High School track; start time is 9:00 AM. This community 5K race/run is intended to provide a morning of healthy exercise while supporting the Penfield Education Foundation. A children’s “fun run,” which will not be officially timed, will follow the running of the 5K. Register by September 25. Fees: adults $25; students (age 18 and under) $15; children’s fun run (age 10 and under) requires no registration. Please register at: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Penfield/PenfieldEducationFoundation5K. The first 250 registrants will receive a Nalgene water bottle. Those registering by September 25 will receive a race tee-shirt.

The Bri-Pen senior rides program continues to be a wonderful service to transport individuals to medical appointments, religious services, and to the town recreation centers. Drivers are trained by Lifespan’s “Give a Lift” program and are given free supplemental car insurance. If you need a ride or would like to volunteer, please call 340-8674.

Until next week…this is week two of our town employees’ four-week hydration challenge—we invite you to join in as well! The challenge is designed to encourage participants to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Water makes up about 60 percent of the human body; every system depends on water to work properly. Regardless of health status, we are all at risk of dehydration. Staying hydrated is key to staying healthy.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


August 15, 2019
Penfield Recreation's DEAR to Hold Art Symposium & Show

Penfield Recreation’s Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program will be hosting a day-long Art Symposium and Show on Thursday, September 5, 9:00 AM—4:00 PM at Penfield Community Center. The fee is $15 to attend and will include a lunch lecture at 12:00 PM.

The Art Symposium is a FUNdraising event for DEAR which offer a variety of free classes and programs throughout the year on a variety of topics and curriculums. 

“We are experimenting with the conference-style programming,” says Pamela Gerace, Recreation Supervisor and creator of the adult life-long learning program, “concentrating on a particular subject and expanding the content over the day.”  

The itinerary for the day will begin with coffee and refreshments and a program on art appreciation at 9:00 AM, which includes basic theories of symbolism, content, and perception. The programs continue with a talk, demo, and workshop of Art Trading Cards by local artist Linda Marzano at 10:00 AM, a presentation from the Penfield Art Association at 11:30 AM, lunch and lecture by Rochester Artisan Works founder and president Louis Perticone at 12:00 PM, a presentation by Beth Dilcher entitled Matisse/Picasso African Masks and Cubism at 1:00 PM, a talk on Medieval Illuminated  Manuscripts by Rick Gough at 2:00 PM, art in historical fiction book review at 3:00 PM, and Art in the News at 3:30 PM. 

Do you own a piece of art you are curious about? Bring it this day and Nancy Johnson, volunteer art accessor for local not-for-profit art sales will be on hand, not to appraise, but to help you determine the authenticity, medium, and possible historical value of the work.  

Local artists have been invited to showcase their art throughout the day. If you would like to display your work, please contact Pam Gerace at Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8664.

This day is the first themed day event for DEAR, and will be followed this fall with a Day of Mystery Murder and Intrigue on Friday, November 8. That event will also be $15 and include lunch.  

Information about new free DEAR fall classes and programs can be found online at www.penfieldrec.org. 


August 15, 2019
Mr. Mustard at Penfield Amphitheater August 20

Penfield will welcome Mr. Mustard to Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Tuesday, August 20. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM.

Mr. Mustard is a tribute band to the music of The Beatles. George, Tom, Mike, Sergei, and Mick always deliver superb musicianship, strong vocals, and an engaging style that will make you laugh, cry, sing along, and return you to a time when you knew all the lyrics.

Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage summer concert series features a variety of genres playing every Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM through August at Penfield Amphitheater. The final show of the 2019 season will be Mike Kornrich, and will be a kid/family-friendly show. The full concert line-up is available on-line at www.penfieldrec.org/Penfield_Amphitheater.php. Food is available to purchase from our food cart at every concert. 

Penfield Amphitheater is located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music in this beautiful setting. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.


August 14, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Four Corners project notification

Scaffolding is going up around the popular Four Corners clock in preparation for a planned rehab to keep the clock ticking and looking great for all to enjoy as they pass through the intersection of Five Mile Line Road and Route 441. 


August 14, 2019
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Sewer project at town hall campus

In the coming weeks, Penfield DPW will begin a sewer installation project at the town hall campus that will run through the month of September.

The town hall has been on a septic system since its construction in 1965. This project will connect the town hall to the Jackson Road sewer system using an eight inch line that will run from Jackson Road to a connection just west of the town hall parking lot.

While this project is underway, the Columbus Crossing entrance to the town hall will be closed. Please use the Atlantic Avenue and north Jackson Road (near Dolomite Lodge) entrances when visiting the town hall or Veterans Memorial Park. 

DPW will begin preparing the site August. They will clear diseased pine trees and move boulders to improve public safety and make way for sewer installation. 

Please direct any questions about this project to DPW Director Eric Tait, 340-8691.


August 12, 2019
Supervisor's column August 12, 2019

Reminder…the next amphitheater event will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 13 with the John Bolger Blues Band on stage to entertain you. Next Tuesday, August 20, will feature Mr. Mustard (Beatles tribute).  All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall. Food will be available for purchase, I hope to see you there!

The annual Tastin’ the Blues amphitheater event is fast approaching, so mark your calendars for this very popular event that includes music performed by Steve Grills & the Roadmasters, featuring Joe Beard, a chili cook-off, and a beer sampling event! The program will be held on Saturday, September 14, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater, on the Kiwanis Stage located behind the town hall.

Also at this event, we will feature the second annual Dogs Day Out. There will be an agility course to try games for dogs and their humans, and DIY healthy dog treats. Dogs must be vaccinated, friendly, and on-leash for this event. Owners are expected to clean up after their dogs. The event begins at 12:00 PM and will be located across the road from the amphitheater. 

My office is starting to receive calls and emails asking when the annual Penfield/Webster Household Hazardous Waste event will be held. It is scheduled for Saturday, September 14 at the Webster DPW, located at 1005 Picture Pkwy (off Hard Road) from 7:45 AM to 12:15 PM. This is a great opportunity to clean out garages and basements of old paints/stains, thinners/solvents, pesticides, pool/photo chemicals, automotive fluids, driveway sealers, and much more. Appointments are required. Schedule your time slot online at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark or contact the DPW offices at 340-8710. All collected material is properly recycled or disposed of and no harmful materials are sent to the landfill. 

CRAFTERS WANTED…Penfield Recreation’s Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) invites all crafters to participate in their 2019 Holiday Craft Fair set for Saturday, November 9 at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Holiday time is a great time to showcase those talents and provide a unique shopping opportunity for the public. Our DEAR program continues to grow and expand with new programs and special events; the addition of the Holiday Craft Fair is a great complement to the upcoming fall programs. Those interested in participating should fill out an application, which can be found on the website at www.penfieldrec.org (click on ‘Forms’) or visit the Recreation office. Please direct questions to Pam Gerace at (585) 340-8664. There is a non-refundable deposit of $35 to participate in the fair.

Be on the lookout for the Fall 2019 Pen-Rec brochure that will be arriving in mailboxes very soon! This edition is filled with many new programs for residents of all ages.

Registration starts September 3 for the very popular Skaneateles Lake boat cruise scheduled for Wednesday, September 18—so be sure to reserve your spot early! Transportation for this event leaves the community center at 10:00 AM and returns at 5:00 PM; the fee is $25.00. (Registration # 449449-01 online or call 340-8655.) 

Important dates and events in history: August 14, 1945 – Japan surrenders “unofficially” ending World War II; August 15, 1914 – the Panama Canal opens for business; August 20, 1998 – American forces launch air strikes at two targets in retaliation for the American embassy bombings: a terrorist training facility in Afghanistan and a chemical plant in Sudan; and August 21, 1959 – Hawaii is the 50th state admitted to the Union.

Until next week…a reminder that today our employee wellness team and town employees begin a “Drink 8 to Hydrate Challenge.” This four-week hydration challenge is designed to encourage participants to drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Please join us! If you try it, you will be amazed on how much better you feel. Good luck and stay hydrated this summer…I am off to fill my water bottle!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


August 7, 2019
John Bolger Blues Band at Penfield Amphitheater Aug 13

Penfield will welcome the John Bolger Blues Band to Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage on Tuesday, August 13. The concert will begin at 6:30 PM.

The John Bolger Blues Band is a trio that plays a wide variety of rock 'n' blues, swing, and rhythm & blues, as well as late 60's and early 70's rock. Dance or sit back and listen!

Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage summer concert series features a variety of genres playing every Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM through August at Penfield Amphitheater. Upcoming shows include Mr. Mustard and Mike Kornrich. The full concert line-up is available on-line at www.penfieldrec.org/Penfield_Amphitheater.php. Food is available to purchase from our food cart at every concert. 

Penfield Amphitheater is located in Veterans Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music in this beautiful setting. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655, option 0.


August 5, 2019
Supervisor’s column August 5, 2019

Reminder…the next amphitheater event will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, August 6 with the “Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra” on stage to entertain you. Next Tuesday, August 13, will feature the “John Bolger Blues Band.” All programs begin at 6:30 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater on the Kiwanis Stage, located behind the town hall. Food will be available for purchase. I hope to see you there!

Yesterday I had the honor of attending a Girl Scout Recognition Tea for the Millwheel Division as three young ladies each received their Gold Award; congratulations to Megan Gearinger, Kaitlyn Hoitt, and Megan Reilly. Congratulations also go to girl scouts Lilly Beckwith and Sarah Borkowski, each of whom earned their Silver Award. Your families and fellow scouts should be very proud of this achievement. Thank you for your efforts and support of our community, you make a difference each day in so many lives…thank you! 

The Pen-Rec Fall 2019 brochure is now available online at www.penfieldrec.org. Please check out all of the NEW and favorite programs we are offering this season! Registration will begin September 3 for Penfield residents, and September 10 for all others. Early registrations for a select few programs will begin August 12. Printed brochures will be mailed to homes within the next two weeks.

Do you like wine? Do you like painting? Why not try “Pint with Wine”? The Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program will be offering one more painting and refreshment FUNdraising event on Wednesday, August 21 at 12:30 PM at the Dolomite Lodge. Step by step instructions, paint, brushes, and canvas bag will be supplied. A winter scene will be chosen as the canvas design. Finger food refreshments will be served. The program is $25 and all materials are included. Registration is required, please go online at www.penfieldrec.org to sign up or call 340-8655.

You may have noticed that the edges and center line of Five Mile Line Road were recently milled. This was done in preparation for a micro-paving top that will be placed on August 15 depending on weather. Five Mile Line Road is a county road and our DPW is assisting on this project.

The Penfield Wellness Committee, in conjunction with our 17-member Health Care Consortium, is excited to begin the 2019 Drink 8 to Hydrate Challenge! What is Drink 8 to Hydrate? It is a four-week hydration challenge designed to encourage you to develop the practice of drinking at least eight glasses of water per day. The challenge runs August 12 to September 15. The committee asked me to encourage all of our residents to drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day throughout the challenge period. You will be amazed on how much better you feel…good luck and stay hydrated this summer!

I close this week’s column recognizing the life of Judge Richard Rosenbaum. He was an individual who was larger than life—with a smile for everyone and a voice that filled a room. He played a role in national politics, advising four US Presidents as the Monroe County GOP Chairman, New York State Republican Chairman, and then Republican National Committeeman. 

A former State Supreme Court Justice and advisor to Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Richard Rosenbaum twice attempted to obtain the nomination for New York State Governor; first in 1982 against businessman Lewis Lehrman and again in 1994 against eventual Governor George Pataki. He was a friend to many in the Rochester legal community, having served as a long-time partner at the Nixon Peabody law firm.

Rest in peace Judge, and thank you for your service to your town, county, and state. You have left a lasting mark on both the legal and political front across this state.

Until next week, enjoy the ongoing stretch of nice weather. Stop by the amphitheater over the next few weeks to enjoy the remainder of the summer concert series.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 




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